Academic Programs Catalog

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Pre-College Opportunities

Upward Bound Program

The Upward Bound Program is designed to assist high school students, who are low-income and/or potential first generation college students, in generating the skills and motivation necessary to complete a program of postsecondary education. Students are admitted to the program on the basis of an assessment of their academic performance, recommendations from teachers and counselors, and a personal interview.

The program provides services such as personal and group counseling; instruction in careers, composition and literature, mathematics, laboratory science; tutoring; field trips; service learning; a one-week summer residential living experience; college preparation; and numerous extra-curricular activities. College preparatory activities include college tours, admissions and financial aid workshops, speakers who address topics such as choosing a major, adjusting to college life, orientation testing, and personal finances. These services are provided during the summer and the academic year components of the program. Instruction and tutorial assistance are provided by university faculty, secondary school teachers, graduate and undergraduate students.

The Upward Bound Program office is located in South Wonders Hall, S36, call 1-517-353–6701, e-mail or visit

Gifted and Talented Programs

Serving as a major resource for the state of Michigan, Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) programs provide curricula designed for academically gifted pre-college students. Accelerated Common Core compliant academic year programming is available for high achieving students in grades 7-9 to earn high school credit. Programs are: Cooperative Highly Accelerated Mathematics Program (CHAMP), Intensive Studies in Humanities, Arts, Language, and Literature (ISHALL), Langue pour Etudiants Avances de Francais (LEAF French language), and Amo Linguam Latinam (ALL Latin language).

Summer camps for grades 7-10 offer both commuter and residential options. The Mathematics, Science, and Technology (MST) summer camp provides curriculum for students who excel in STEM fields. The Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) camp is for those interested in forensic science. The Future DOcs camp is for students interested in learning about the medical field. The GUPPY program for grades 3-6 is a weekend commuter camp for students to explore a variety of advanced topics with MSU faculty and staff. For additional curriculum and application information visit, email, or call 1-517-432-2129.